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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,552 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,552
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 814
Gots: 547 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Wheat Ale, Gumballhead is named in honor of the underground comic book cat created by Rob Syers. Initially a seasonal summer beer, now brewed year round due to demand. This beer helped redefine American Wheat Beers. Brewed with Amarillo Hops and a generous portion of American red wheat, Gumballhead has a complex hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, marmalade and peach. These flavors combined with low bitterness make Gumballhead a refreshing American Wheat Beer that doesn’t suck.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003)
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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright golden with a white head that thins and stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of a hop-bomb. Citrus - grapefruit, orange/nectarine, some pineapple - with pine.

The taste is of hops - citric, with some pine. Just a touch of sweet wheat cracker backs it up - just enough to hold hops together.

Full-bodied for the style. Chewy.

Purposely imbalanced, this is a super hoppy wheat ale. Drinkable despite rawness.

jwc215, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -5%

DrunkinYogi, May 13, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold color, and it is topped by a tan head. A wonderful aroma of candied fruit rises up from my glass, the aroma definitely lives up to its name. I smell notes of apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. The taste is light bodied, and slightly sweet, and thick with pungent hop flavors. A clean crisp beer hides under the domination hop flavors of apricot and lemon. this beer is not overly bitter, like perhaps the hop flavor and aroma my suggest, it has a medium level of bitterness in the finish. I definitely know of no gumball that is quite so exquisite as this elixir. This is a damn good Summer offering, certainly not a traditional wheat beer, but the wheat lightens this beer up and makes it a great summer refresher. This is a straight forward, one-dimensional attack of Amarillo hops, if you like them then this is the beer for you.

Gueuzedude, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, this is summer, so I have a good feeling that this a pretty fresh bottle, have been wanting to try this for a long time, poured into a hefeweizen glass,

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow, not as cloudy as a hefe, with a medium, white head, but leaves excellent Belgian lacing.

S: Smells of fragrant, piney, grapefruity hops, with some grain notes and bubblegum.

T: The hoppiest wheat beer that I have ever had, great grapefruit and floral notes, almost tastes of wildflower honey, with some bubblegum, but the hops dominate.

M: Quite light, smooth, and refreshing, with scrubbing bubbles from the carbonation.

D: A great wheat beer, probably the best American wheat beer that I have ever had, probably not worth $10 a bomber, but would definitely seek it out again if I were in a part of the country where it is normally distributed, a great summer refresher.

Halcyondays, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy yellow gold in color with a thick creamy head. Thick lacing formed on the glass during the drink. The aroma was phenominal as huge floral tones were married with citrus and grassy wheat tones. The flavor was unique. Heavy floral hoppiness with strong citrus and spice, balanced with a subtle wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel was crisp with a long dry finish. Medium bodied with strong floral and citrus lasting long on the tongue after swallowing. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. This is a great brew.

Gavage, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/08/05- Received in trade from fellow BA member Meathookjones.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no date. Possibly my favorite bottle design to date. Funky looking cat or something smoking a cigarette. Then there is a cartoon of a cat riding a motorcycle on the side. Hysterical! Poured into my Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Almost DIPA appearance. Semi-cloudy yellow-orange color. Nice thick creamy 1 inch head and better than expected lacing.

Smell- Huh? I smell hops! Hops in a wheat beer?!?! Damn, it smells freakin good! A bit of spices and some muted fruit scent in the background. Overall it's mosty pine hops though.

Taste- Wow! Is this an IPA/Hefe? Whatever it is it's pretty darn phenomonal. A hoppy wheat beer, who'd have thought? Not a heavy hop presense, but more than enough to throw your taste buds for a loop. A nice added touch of candied sweetness also. And at the same time that typical bit of nice yeast flavor that most wheat beers are known for.

Mouthfeel- This beer keeps getting better. Because of the sweetness, it feels fairly creamy. Almost mouthwatering. The carbonation is much lower than normal wheat beers. Thus it makes it oh so easy to drain.

Drinkability- If I had easy access to this beer I would have a case on hand at all times. A true taste experience. So much flavor in this beer. Thank you so much Meathookjones for this sample. Truly an all time great one.

GClarkage, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with very little head at all and was a clear, golden yellow in the glass. The nose was very fruity, sweet like a stick of JuicyFruit gum or a gumball (!). The sweetness carried through on the palate, although it had a light mouthfeel. The finish was citrusy, like lime or lemon, giving way to a faint taste of dill. I found it to be just a bit too sweet for my liking, even sweet for the style.

woodychandler, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

drewone, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A: Chilled, crisp golden color with a giant, densely packed white head of tiny bubbles. Sticky patches of web like lacing and very retentive.
S: Big wheat beer smell underlined by an equally big hoppy aroma. Citrusy, lemon zest smell, with lingering bitter hop smell.
T: Light body with high carbonation. Immediate hop bitterness, with slight sweetness from malt trying to balance it and finishes with wheat taste and dry hop taste. Strong lemony citrus flavor in the body as well. Very crisp and refreshing, great summertime beer.

yourefragile, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thin, fizzy half finger white head that immediately disappears leaving only the smallest spots of lacing.

Surprisingly hoppy aroma for the style with a prominent earthy pine presence as well as hints of citrus and tropical. I'm picking up pine needle, grapefruit and lemon peel as well as some faint malt but not many characteristics of a wheat beer. Slight bread/yeast and citrus fruit but not much in the way of spice/clove. It smells great just not like a wheat beer.

Medium bodied with a good balance of earthy and citrus hops, crisp, light fruit, citrus peel and spice. There is some earthy pine needle and citrus/tropical fruit notes from the hops but it isn't as hop forward as the aroma suggests. The wheat beer characteristics are much more prevalent in the palate and flavor. Good balance of bread/yeast, citrus peel and clove notes. Clean, crisp and easy drinking with a slightly dry finish.

corby112, Jan 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy pale golden color with a 2 inch white head that lasts for a moment. Huge bits of chunky lacing with small bits of carbonation can be seen.
Smell is of rich, blended red wheat with an array of citrusy hops jumping out of the glass. There are bits of ripe pear, and melon with a touch of vanilla deep in the aroma when the last remnants of the yeasty brew are poured out.
Taste is an interesting blend of full wheat and hops with yeast, pears, and citrusy hops. Refreshing at first but a tad chewy and filling.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied of the creamy wheat and bitterness that has a strange but pleasant feel. Creaminess mixed with bitterness that seems to overlap rather than clash makes this unique brew an excellent choice to try if for nothing else.
Drinkability is good but more than one in a sitting would be more than enough for me with the heavier body and the other choices you can find.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew serveral times over the last year but only getting around to reviewing it now care of a bottle from adamb0719. Thanks Adam! Reviewed on 12/13/10.

Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow color. A white head composed of large fizzy bubbles forms and fades quick hanging close to the edges of the glass. A thin patch of lace resides atop this brew and forms some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grassy hops that also includes a bit if fruited smell and citrus. Notes of orange and tropical fruits are evident. A light grainy backing of wheat sweetness fills in the back portion of the nose.

The taste is grassy, leafy hops upfront with bitter citrus rind. Mid palate includes fruit flavors before turning herbal and bitter with wheat and other grainy tastes. It finishes with a lingering grain flavor and herbal hops.

Light bodied and modestly carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer that I would go to all summer long if it was regulary available. Surprisingly I found this bottled offering to be much more enjoyable then when I had it on tap back in April.

stakem, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant draft selection and an unusual one for this east coaster, at the Map Room in Chicago. It arrived clear orangy amber, with a medium tan head, that showed so so retention and leaves a thick, bold ring of foam as well as spotty lacing. Coriander, anise, pepper and flowers in the nose, fresh and tasty stuff. On the tongue, I get notes of more coriander, peppery spice, loads of fresh fruits as well as plenty of yeasty/wheaty malt goodness.
Thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing brew. A nice treat to find this so many miles from home on draft.

Billolick, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, but nothing special. It immediately reminds me of Southern Tier's HopSun as a light an relatively hoppy wheat beer. The juicy, citrus hops are quite crisp but the malt flavor simply provides a sweet background for the hops. Overall, it's not that complex, but it's a refreshing beer for hops fans.

tempest, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional. It pours a nice dark golden, with no haze, but also very little head. The nose is very nice- some nice crisp hops and some pronounced fruitiness. The taste is amazing, some nice hop bitterness and spiciness up front followed by a surge of juicy fruitiness that tastes almost like a gumball, followed by a nice clean but full wheat finish. The mouthfeel is rich for a wheat beer and a little less crisp than some, as it coats the mouth a little, but still quite good. I could drink this all night. The flavor keeps pulling you back for another swallow. Unique!

Georgiabeer, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of duceswild
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a BIF. Really like Wheat beers so that combined with this being from FFF I had high hopes for this brew.

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden yellow is color with a good bit of white head that leaves lacing throughout. Smells is of hops, citrus, and wheat. Taste was similar to how it smelled but more hoppy then a traditional wheat beer. Mouthfeel was very crisp and well balanced. Overall this was a solid beer that is refreshing. Looking to have this one again.

duceswild, May 22, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is a hazy, turbid color that, despite the particles, has a golden brilliance. A thick head over 2 fingers in size almost overtook my East End tumbler glass. As it receded, some bubbles stuck to the sides for a mere hint of lace.

S: The nose is a run of the mill wheat aroma except for one striking exception: the hops. The hop aroma is thick and medicinal with piney undertones.

T: The hops are the heart and soul of this beer. That's par for the course for IPAs, but a wheat beer? The hops are quite bitter, medicinal with a pine flavor that really grabs hold of the tongue. The wheat body adds very little, other than getting out of the way of the hops.

M: The wheat is slow to emerge, doing so only long after a sip is gone. The hops are tight, the real showcase of the ale.

D: The low abv makes this a good quaffin' beer but the harshness of the hops will limit mass consumption.

akorsak, Nov 22, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with some good streaming carbonation. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, pine, herbal, grass, and wheat. Damn nice aromas with good strength and hop/malt balance and complexity. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice amount of hop flavor and good complexity and balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming on the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale wheat beer. Very nice hop flavor with good balance and complexity; extremely smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable sessionable offering for sure.

superspak, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden orange. White head with a bit of lace.

Aroma: Wheat, spices, and citrus fruits. Bready malts. Orange zest and some lemon peel.

Taste: More wheat and citrus. Again, the lemon and orange show. It is kind of hoppy however. Very earthy and clean.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is an easy drinking wheat beer. Definitely something I would like to see in MN for the summers. Solid offering from FFF. A nicely hopped wheat!

mothman, Mar 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

ejimhof, Jan 27, 2012
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,552 ratings.